Chicago Tribune

GIRL'S WOES GROW WITH CUSTODY CASE

FATHER FACES ALLEGATIONS OF NEGLECT

By Art Barnum
Tribune Staff Writer
May 25, 2000
Chicago Tribune

A 12-year-old Naperville girl whose mother is facing charges of trying to kill her has seen her life thrown into further turmoil, with abuse and neglect allegations placed this month against her father.

Keith and Chun Anderson were embroiled in a dissolving marriage last year when Chun Anderson is alleged to have fed her daughter a potentially fatal dose of medication mixed in with chocolate syrup.

Keith Anderson came to the house the next morning to find his daughter and wife alive but suffering the effects of an overdose.

Chun Anderson was charged with attempted murder and sent to the DuPage County Jail. A court order was issued that ruled out any communication between mother and daughter, even over the telephone.

The girl continued to live with her father in the family's Naperville home, but on May 9, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services received a call that alleged that the girl was being abused and neglected by her father.

State officials will not detail the allegations.

On May 11, the state received permission to remove the girl from her father's home, and she was placed in the legal custody of the state but allowed to live with her grandmother in another western suburb.

In DuPage County Juvenile Court on Tuesday, the child's custody case came before Judge Peter Dockery, who met with both parents. He continued the state's custody of the girl while the case is pending.

Chun Anderson, who was released on bond from the County Jail several weeks ago and is living with friends in Niles, told Dockery that she is planning on hiring an attorney to represent her in the Juvenile Court case.

If possible, when her criminal case is over, she wants to re-establish ties to her daughter. Wayne Brucar, Chun Anderson criminal attorney, contends she is not guilty of attempted murder.

Keith Anderson, who has the right to communicate with his daughter, told the judge that he will represent himself in the Juvenile Court case.

State officials have declined to be specific about the charges against the father, saying the investigation into the allegations against the father is continuing.

The pretrial hearing into the mother's criminal case, as well as the divorce case, contain insinuations against both parents, not uncommon in marital disputes.

Keith Anderson has claimed that Chun Anderson was critical and demanding about money, while she claimed her husband drank too much and was abusive.

But for now the child has lost, as least temporarily, both of her parents.

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